Thursday, March 11, 2010

Launch of the Asian Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

Dental sleep medicine (DSM) is a young area of practice, but many dentists have come to recognize its importance in the medical field.

An article in the February issue of the journal Sleep and Breathing reports that a new professional organization, the Asian Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AsiADSM), launched in October 2009 in Osaka, Japan.

The AsiADSM will join similar groups in the United States, Britain, Japan, South Korea, Germany, and Europe. These organization help train dentists to treat sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

The Korean Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and Japanese Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine first decided to create the AsiADSM in March 2009. Now a reality, four DSM societies from Korea, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand form the AsiADSM.

Developing the AsiADSM was a major step towards consolidating DSM research in Asia. Its founders hope to support the growth and quality of research and advance the role of dental sleep medicine in Asia.

Its members also plan to raise public awareness of sleep-related breathing disorders and oral appliance therapy (OAT).

OAT involves a trained dentist fitting his or her OSA patients with an oral appliance. This appliance helps move the jaw forward during sleep to maintain a healthy level of airflow. OAT is a safe and effective treatment for OSA.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) recently published guidelines for the treatment of Sleep Apnea. These guidelines indicate OAT for mild to moderate OSA patients if they prefer it to CPAP, cannot tolerate CPAP, or are unable to use positional therapy or weight loss to control their apnea.

Oral appliances (OAs) are also recommended for severe OSA patients if they cannot tolerate CPAP.

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